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Vendors slash prices to help brides say "I do"

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When 22-year-old Samantha Lee's fiance proposed, it was an engagement out of a fairy tale.

"He took me to a park and played a song on his guitar and he popped the question. And as I said yes rose petals started to fall from where we were over our heads," said Lee.

And now after six years of dating, she gets to plan the wedding of her dreams. "Most of the reception ideas are done. We are getting food, and I have a dress. The only thing that is not done are brides maid dresses," said Lee.

She wants a ceremony that she will enjoy, but won't break the bank. "We had never planned to spend a ton of money on our wedding. We wanted to keep it as low cost as possible. So we don't go into an insane amount of debt," said Lee.

And this is what many vendors are also encountering with their clients during the tough economy.

"Some people have scaled down, but everyone wants their own special day to be nice. They are still going to get what they want. It may be on a smaller scale, but they are still going to get what they want," said Julie Revell with the Flower Basket.

"I do a lot of budget style picture packages which is basically a preview book, and sometimes they go back and get an album," said Larry Bentley with Bentley Photography.

The slow economy has Ferzana Adams of Treasures Jewelry focusing on good service. "I started doing real easy layaway plans. And I brought down my prices a great extent." But they all say its not about what you spend.

"As long as you are happy with the person you are marrying, it shouldn't matter," said Lee. As long as that special day is just that, special.

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